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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Looking Forward to Cooler Times...

After this record setting hot summer I'm looking forward to some cooler times...

Not that I love to be cold, but I am really looking forward to the autumn show schedule coming up. It's relatively relaxed compared to the last few months.

The remainder of our schedule has us working relatively close to home.
 This year, we've traveled to New York City, Upstate New York, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and a number of other places. Our dog Lucky, our cats Leon and Lenny and our goats, Isabella, Maggie and Vinnie have indicated that they'd prefer to have us close to home, at least for a little while.

Of course, a show schedule is never etched in stone; and it's probable that someone will invite us to a show too good to pass up or someone will invite us to do a book signing. But it's unlikely that we'll end up more than a few hundred miles from home this late in the year. Not that we don't love the atmosphere of shows and the many friends that we only see on the road, but we've spent quite a few hot days in our tent this year and our home is the Chesapeake Bay. It's a really beautiful place in the autumn.
Among the special things here is that we are on one of the great flyways of the U.S. Pretty soon the Ospreys will vanish and in their place there will be tens of thousands of Canada Geese.

A lot of people come to visit our region during the summer. As autumn arrives, things become very quiet, except for the sounds of nature. As the human population drops, nature comes out of its hiding places. The water becomes still for this short time before the Northwest winds of Winter come along.

We use this time to catch up on our backlog of model work and, of course, that next book. It's pretty much written already. With sixty some odd chapters so far, there is more than enough information to fill a few books, but of course, some of it is redundant, some of it is of greater or lesser relevance and the good stuff needs to be purified and organized. Then we'll have a lot of photos to take and drawings to make...


As much as I love to write, model making is the first order of business here. We've got some great customers who have been very patient as we endeavor to make each of their boats into something worth the time that they have endured. Our current projects represent just about any kind of boat you can imagine. As we make each one we work to learn more so that we can make the next one better. Of the things that I've learned over 50 years of model making, I think that this is one of the more important ones.

We have three confirmed appearances coming up before the holiday season. As you read them, remember it's not too early to be thinking about Christmas shopping, especially for the person that seems to have everything, or the person that likes to “tinker”...

On Saturday, October 6th we will be signing books and answering your questions about model making at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland during Patuxent River Appreciation Days. We will be there from 2-4 pm. Come get a personally signed copy of “Fundamentals of Model Boat Building” for yourself, or a loved one. When you get to the museum, find the Schiffer Publishing tent, where we will be among a lot of really great books. For more about the festival go to

We will be at “The Waterfowl Festival” in Easton, Maryland from Friday, November 9th thru Sunday November 11th at the Emporium, located at the Easton Middle School in Easton Maryland. If you don't know about “The Waterfowl Festival”, let's just say that not only does anybody who is anybody in the region that is in the waterfowl art business come to this show, but you'll even find some who come from other continents to be in this show. We will have our full display, offering our models, demonstrating model making techniques and signing our book “Fundamentals of Model Boat Building”

On Black Friday, November 23rd (The day after Thanksgiving) and Saturday November 24th, we will be at one of our favorite shows, The Deborah Foundation Decoy and Art Festival in Chincoteague, Virginia. While not a huge show, the sixty, or so, Carvers, Artists, Photographers, Model makers and other artisans represent some of the most creative and talented people that I know. Chincoteague has long been recognized as a center for fine wildlife art and artisanry, especially when it comes to “bird carving”. We won't be the only Schiffer authors there; Bill Veasey, the famous waterfowl carver and teacher will be there. Others may come, as well. One of the great secrets, in this land of “Mistie of Chincoteague” is that during the show, the Assoteague Wildife Refuge opens seven miles of road that is closed to the public the rest of the year, where you will see things you didn't know existed. Find out more here:

We love meeting our customers. If you happen to have one of our books that isn't signed, come see us, let's talk model-making, and we'll be happy to sign your copy.

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